First photo released of murdered loyalist David Murphy

Police have released this photograph of David Murphy

DETECTIVES have released a photograph of murdered loyalist David Murphy whose body was found with shotgun wounds at his Co Antrim farmhouse. On Wednesday night police confirmed they are investing whether an assault on the well-known 52-year-old loyalist at his home is linked to the fatal shooting. A neighbor found Mr Murphy’s body on Tuesday afternoon, although he may have been murdered the previous evening. He had been blasted twice in the face with a shot-gun in an attack detectives described as “brutal”. Sources say Mr Murphy was attacked by a three-man gang some time over the weekend at his home on Church Road in Glenwherry, on the out-skirts of Ballymena.

Forensic officer outside the home of Mr Murphy on Church Road in Glenwherry on the out-skirts of Ballymena

Police said they were aware of reports of an earlier assault on the murdered man and this was ” something they are looking at as part of the inquiry “. Mr Murphy, described in court as a ‘sheep farmer’, had loyalist paramilitary links. In 2004 he was charged with possession of a large haul of weapons belonging to the UVF, including a sub machine gun and four pistols.

With many thanks to: Allison Morris Security Correspondent and The Irish News for the original story.

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